Ethiopia releases former Tigray government officials

Ethiopia has released several former government officials from prison, a lawyer working with them said. The group of ethnic Tigrayans included former members of the government-appointed administration and a member of the ruling party. The state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said on March 18 that at least eight officials had been arrested, but gave no… Read More Ethiopia releases former Tigray government officials

Tigrayan forces agree to ceasefire proposal, give conditions for actualisation

Rebellious Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia have said they will respect a ceasefire proposed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government as long as sufficient aid is delivered to their war-scarred northern region “within reasonable time”. The government in Addis Ababa declared the cessation of hostilities on Thursday, saying it was to allow aid to flow into… Read More Tigrayan forces agree to ceasefire proposal, give conditions for actualisation

Ethiopian government declares unilateral truce with Tigrayan forces

Ethiopia’s government on Thursday declared an immediate, unilateral truce in its conflict with rebellious Tigrayan forces to allow aid into the northern province, although it was not clear how it would enforce it. “The government of Ethiopia hopes that this truce will substantially improve the humanitarian situation on the ground and pave the way for… Read More Ethiopian government declares unilateral truce with Tigrayan forces

At least seventeen dead, dozens injured as airstrike hits Tigrayan town of Mai Tsebriin

An air strike in the town of Mai Tsebriin Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray on Monday killed at least 17 people, mostly women, and wounded dozens, two aid workers said, citing local authorities and eyewitnesses. The United Nations said it had been unable to confirm the reports or the number of casualties due to a… Read More At least seventeen dead, dozens injured as airstrike hits Tigrayan town of Mai Tsebriin

U.S. envoy meets with Ethiopian deputy PM in bid to revive ceasefire talks

A U.S. special envoy met Ethiopia’s deputy prime minister on Thursday in a bid to revive ceasefire talks, as the government gave permission for 369 aid trucks to enter famine-hit Tigray, where fighting began a year ago. Jeffrey Feltman and Olusegun Obasanjo, the African Union’s High Representative for the Horn of Africa, arrived in Ethiopia… Read More U.S. envoy meets with Ethiopian deputy PM in bid to revive ceasefire talks

U.S. imposes sanctions on Eritrean military, individuals over conflict in Ethiopia

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on the Eritrean military and other Eritrea-based individuals and entities, as Washington warned it was prepared to take action against other parties to the conflict in Ethiopia as it steps up pressure to try to bring an end to fighting. The U.S. Treasury Department blacklisted Eritrea’s military, its… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on Eritrean military, individuals over conflict in Ethiopia

Ethiopian authorities detain over seventy UN drivers

Ethiopian authorities have detained more than 70 drivers working with the United Nations, an internal U.N. email said, amid reports of widespread arrests of ethnic Tigrayans. The ethnicity of the drivers was not clear. On Tuesday, a U.N. spokesperson said at least 16 U.N. staff and dependents had been detained in the Ethiopian capital Addis… Read More Ethiopian authorities detain over seventy UN drivers

Ethiopia detains sixteen UN staff and dependents

At least 16 United Nations staff and dependents have been detained in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, a U.N. spokesperson said on Tuesday, amid reports of widespread arrests of ethnic Tigrayans. “We are, of course, actively working with the government of Ethiopia to secure their immediate release,” U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New… Read More Ethiopia detains sixteen UN staff and dependents